The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said the Federal Government is to adopt a policy that will make it mandatory for local consultants to be involved in their projects across the country.
Mohammed made this known on Friday in Abuja when a delegation of Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) visited him.
The minister explained that the policy which was debated recently at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting would ensure that indigenous consultants were given priority for government projects.
”At the last FEC meeting, it was debated that in all forms of consultancy, we should as a matter of policy insist that no foreign consultant should come without a Nigerian partner.
”That way, we believe that it will make it easier for us to develop the capacity, skill and expertise of our home grown consultants.
”At the end of the day, our home grown consultants will be major stakeholders in our programmes.
”When you involve your own consultants in your projects, you are not just taking expert advice, you are also employing people who have already bought into the project,” he said.
The minister said such indigenous consultants would appreciate that the success of their projects was the success of the country, adding that government would commence the implementation of the policy soon.
He expressed optimism that the policy would facilitate skills and technology transfer as well as enhance the development of indigenous consultants.
Mohammed, however, stressed that Nigerian consultants would not have the required experience to practice if they were not given a chance to prove themselves.topics from